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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 2/19/2018

Do you keep tabs on your HVAC system regularly? For many people, the heating and cooling system in their homes is an out of sight out of mind item. Only when there is a problem with the system do people think about it. 


The important thing for you to remember is that you donít need to wait for an issue to arise for you to take continual care of your HVAC system. You can take action to continually have a supply of efficient, uninterrupted heating and cooling. With the right maintenance, your system will also run more efficiently as well. Keep the tips in mind below and show your HVAC system some love. 


Keep Regular Maintenance Appointments


As with most other things that we own, a little tune up from time to time helps to keep things running smoothly. You can keep a checklist of the monthly and annual tasks that you should complete for your HVAC system. You could ask your oil or gas company for some advice on regular tasks that you should complete as well. These could include everything from clearing out leaves and grass to changing air filters. Doing these things will not only help your utility bills and HVAC system performance, but can also help you to ward off allergens that may cause bothersome symptoms right inside your home.


Tame The Trees


While it can be tempting to want to disguise your outdoor units with trees and shrubs, these can do some damage. You should make a habit to trim any nearby bushes to your units as well as clear away debris. Be sure that the system isnít clogged with pollen, grass clippings, and dust. There should be at least a 2-foot clearing around the unit to prevent damage and airflow restriction.


Inspect Before Each Season


At the end of each season, you should make a point to inspect your HVAC system. See what the system looks like from the outside. Is the system doing its job as far as heating and cooling go on the inside of your home? Does the system sound extra labored while itís running? If there doesnít seem to be enough airflow or there is too much noise coming from the system, then you could have a problem with your system. You may need to call in a qualified professional to help you remove debris from your system, as leaves and branches can get into the coils of it, severely impairing the systemĎs function. A professional can also help you to learn how to properly clean the HVAC system yourself.


With a little effort, youíll save big in many ways just by paying close attention to your HVAC system.





Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 2/14/2018


45 Hunter Road, Ludlow, MA 01056

Single-Family

$329,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Spectacular Contemporary home in a very nice location. Home offers a formal living room, open floor plan to fully appliance kitchen, to open dining room. Large family room with fireplace, with slides to your large flat back yard. The exterior has beautiful brick walkway, to a brick front porch. 3 large bedrooms with beautiful hardwood parquet flooring. Beautiful 6 panel wood doors. Partial finished basement, with counter/cupboards, and sink, separate laundry room, and wine cellar. 2 car attached garage with automatic openers on both doors, and a separate storage/work area in the back as a separate room. Gas heat, Central A/C, Central Vacuuming, this home has lots to offer.
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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 2/12/2018

Humans have been thinking about the way they decorate their homes for thousands of years. In ancient India, Vastu shastra (literally, "the science of architecture") has been informing decorating techniques since as early as 6,000 BCE. The more commonly known influence for home decorating, feng shui,†has its roots in ancient China where practitioners were inspired by astronomy. In the early 1900s, however, a modern science was founded that attempts to solve some of the problems that arise based on our environments. Environmental psychology is a field that focuses on the interplay between humans and the environments they live and work in. Scientists have studied the way humans (and other animals, like rats) are affected by their environment. Their findings help to inform us of how we can live more relaxed or focused based on how we decorate our home and workplace.

A place to call your own

As society becomes increasingly urbanized, many psychologists are studying the problems that arise from being in constant contact with one another, both physically and in the digital world. One thing that scientists have discovered is that it is important for humans to have a place of sanctuary during their day. Whether this is your cubicle at work, your home office, or your tool shed, everyone needs a place they can be alone. Ask yourself if your home setup provides you with a space that you can go to be alone.

How colors can affect mood

Have you ever been in a school or hospital that was painted an awful color that just made you uncomfortable? Many of us have trained ourselves to adapt and live with environments that aren't ideal for us. For example, the bright red walls of McDonald's or the blinding fluorescent lights in a department store probably aren't conditions we'd pick for our homes. Scientists have discovered that there is a correlation between colors, brightness, and our mood. Try to match the colors of your rooms with their functions. For example, you wouldn't want to paint your bedroom bright red, as your bedroom should be a place you can relax to fall asleep. Instead, go with a less-pronounced color for the bedroom.

The balance between cluttered and sterile

Much of the way we choose to decorate our homes is informed by our childhood. If you learn meticulous cleaning habits from your parents, you might carry on with this into adulthood. As a child, you probably went to a friend's house and marveled at how differently they did things. Part of that lesson is learning that the way someone chooses to decorate and clean their home is part of their personality. But like most things in life, it's important to find a balance. If you find yourself restless or distracted you should ask yourself if the room is too cluttered or messy. Maybe it's the opposite; you could just as easily become distracted or uncomfortable by an environment that is too sterile looking.

Listen to yourself

The most important thing to remember when decorating your home is to follow your intuitions. Decide if you decorated a room a certain way because that's what everyone else does or if it actually makes you feel more at home.





Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 2/8/2018

Spectacular Contemporary home in a very nice location. Home offers a formal living room, open floor plan to fully appliance kitchen, to open dining room. Large family room with fireplace, with slides to your large flat back yard. The exterior has beautiful brick walkway, to a brick front porch. 3 large bedrooms with beautiful hardwood parquet flooring. Beautiful 6 panel wood doors. Partial finished basement, with counter/cupboards, and sink, separate laundry room, and wine cellar. 2 car attached garage with automatic openers on both doors, and a separate storage/work area in the back as a separate room. Gas heat, Central A/C, Central Vacuuming, this home has lots to offer.

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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 2/8/2018


45 Hunter Road, Ludlow, MA 01056

Single-Family

$329,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Spectacular Contemporary home in a very nice location. Home offers a formal living room, open floor plan to fully appliance kitchen, to open dining room. Large family room with fireplace, with slides to your large flat back yard. The exterior has beautiful brick walkway, to a brick front porch. 3 large bedrooms with beautiful hardwood parquet flooring. Beautiful 6 panel wood doors. Partial finished basement, with counter/cupboards, and sink, separate laundry room, and wine cellar. 2 car attached garage with automatic openers on both doors, and a separate storage/work area in the back as a separate room. Gas heat, Central A/C, Central Vacuuming, this home has lots to offer.
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